This My Story/My Advice post features Linda Graf, retired Engineer and Scientist at Pfizer. The My Story/My Advice project, brought to you by The Women in STEM Summit, which highlights women in STEM that are persisting in STEM fields and making a difference. It also gives their personal advice to the next generation of young women looking for encouragement to persist in STEM.
I am a retired engineer and scientist. I worked over 41 years in the field, because I loved it and thought it was fun. I started out as a premed student but when that failed I went into chemistry and never looked back. From there, my fun led me to chemical engineering and then into management. I always wanted to write a book about what woman in the field were subjected to, including me, and how I was able to combat the remarks and isolation to retire happily. My book just got published and is titled "To Caroline- Love, Auntie". It is the story of a little girl named Caroline whose career options are unlimited because of the women who fought for the right to work in the male-predominant fields of science and engineering.
Don't ever let anyone discourage you from what you want to do. You will be great at whatever you choose if it comes from the heart.
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